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Archive for March, 2009

Wilmington man wins chance at $2.5 million on ‘Deal or no Deal’

Friday, March 6th, 2009

A Wilmington man won a chance to take home $2.5 million on the “Deal or No Deal” game show, the N.C. Education Lottery announced Friday.

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Train depot back on track in Whiteville

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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History and the present come alive at the train depot nestled in downtown Whiteville.

Built in 1903, it was the central hub of the city, a place where our soldiers went off to war and commerce like tobacco and grapes were shipped out.

Thirty years ago, however, it fell in to disrepair. It was abandoned and it was white washed covered with graffiti, windows broken, it was a major detriment to downtown and to Whiteville.

Through a $750,000 federal grant and community fundraising that matched that amount, it has been restored to its old glory.

Original flooring, beaming and brick walls, the community has been all aboard on the project.

The restoration was money well spent. The depot has been the site of two presidential visits. Bill Clinton came in 2000, and again last April, campaigning for Hillary.

More frequently, it’s used for community theater, festivals and art shows. There’s still more on the horizon for the depot. Its old cement platform will be transformed in to an outdoor event area with a stage and a park.

Whiteville residents and visitors won’t have to wait long for it; the outdoor portion of the project will begin in about six to eight weeks.

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History and the present come alive at the train depot nestled in downtown Whiteville.

Built in 1903, it was the central hub of the city, a place where our soldiers went off to war and commerce like tobacco and grapes were shipped out.

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WPD ceremony for Sergeant Fey

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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An 18-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department said goodbye to the force.

A retirement ceremony for Sergeant Mike Fey was held at police headquarters Friday afternoon.

It was standing room only with Fey’s family, friends, and much of the department.

Fey survived a near-fatal gunshot wound to the neck in 2005 while chasing a suspect in the Houston Moore development.

Fey looked back on his time with WPD with fond memories. “It’s like a second family. It was great career, a fulfilling career, law enforcement for me, I have no regrets about getting into it, it’s what I always wanted to do.”

Fey said right now he looks forward to being a stay at home dad with his three children.

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An 18-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department said goodbye to the force.

A retirement ceremony for Sergeant Mike Fey was held at police headquarters Friday afternoon.

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150-foot sailboat to dock in Wilmington on Saturday

Friday, March 6th, 2009

A 150-foot sailboat is scheduled to dock Saturday morning on the Cape Fear River at downtown Wilmington, according to a release by Chris Andrews of the Downtown Business Alliance, which is sponsoring the tall ship’s visit.

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Home energy audits can help lower bills

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Home energy costs can cause any home owner to stress over monthly heating and cooling bills. The North Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity is helping some home owners bring those bills way down.

In the past two years, Clyde Sessoms has performed more than 100 home energy audits.

“I go into a lot of homes that don’t have any heat in their house. You can just feel the draft coming through their homes. A lot of people that are really in need of the service. When they get the service they’re just so happy because it’s so much warmer and more comfortable.”

As part of the state’s free weatherization assistance program, he checks smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, makes sure there are no leaks in the ventilation system, and checks the safety of water tanks. “A lot of homes, whenever we get through doing what we’re doing as soon as we leave you can feel the difference in the tightness,” Sessoms said.

Sessoms performed a home energy audit for Kay Phelps a few months ago. She said the inspection covered her house from top to bottom. “They went into my attic and loaded all into the attic, went under the house and did the flooring.”

The program is available throughout North Carolina and next year more people could qualify.

Program director Brenda Thomas said she expects money from the economic stimulus package to support the program. “We would definitely be able to serve a lot more people, reach a lot more needy households and that is always our goal.”

That means Sessoms could find his way into a lot more homes to help keep the drafts out.

Qualification for the energy audit isn’t based just on income. People with disabilities or children with health concerns are also eligible.

For more information on weatherizing your home or to find out if you’re eligible call the office of economic opportunity at 919-715-5850.

New Hanover County Community Action

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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videoHome energy costs can cause any home owner to stress over monthly heating and cooling bills. The North Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity is helping some home owners bring those bills way down.

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